Push for Terranora estate
THE giant development company Newland Devel- opments, formerly Metricon, is pushing ahead with plans for a major housing estate on an area of Terra- nora where development has been placed on hold for years.
The company has applied directly to the NSW Department of Planning for approval of a 321-lot subdivision in so-called “Area E” of Terranora where Tweed Shire Council has for years deferred development approvals partly out of concern that Kennedy Drive won't be able to cope with the subsequent traffic.
Plans for the proposed subdivision have been put on public display on the major development register on the department's website.
In the application, Newland's town-planing consultants Darryl Anderson Pty Ltd have pointed out that a draft development control plan for “Area E”, which was submitted to the council by local landholders in 2008, still has not been adopted.
But the town planners said the draft plan was
“nevertheless sufficiently advanced to enable key strategic land use allocation, density and disposition issues to be addressed in a co-ordinated and integrated manner.”
The subdivision, called Altitude, would initially be accessed from Fraser Drive, with later stages using a new road to be named Broadwater Parkway “when the corridor is finalised by council and acquired”.
The town planners have warned that “the South Tweed Heads, West Banora Point urban release area has largely been built out with the exception of a relatively small parcel west of Fraser Drive”.
“Area E therefore is a key strategic release area to ensure that housing supply continues in an affordable manner to meet the ongoing demand arising from population growth within the Tweed Shire generally and the Tweed Heads sector in particular,” they said.
“In the event that further land is not made available to the market in a timely manner there are likely to be adverse impacts on the affordability of housing and the sustainability of the development and building industry in the Tweed Shire generally.”
The application points out that “Area E” was first identified for urban release in 1991 and its suitability was subsequently reinforced by the Far North Coast Regional Strategy.